Aimee Mann, the Boston born singer/songwriter, Grammy winner and self-described Oscar loser, was recently named to NPR's list of the ten finest living songwriters. It was a well-deserved ... See full summary »

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Aimee Mann, the Boston born singer/songwriter, Grammy winner and self-described Oscar loser, was recently named to NPR's list of the ten finest living songwriters. It was a well-deserved honor, and put her in the company of artists like Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, and Tom Waits. While Aimee Mann is widely acknowledged for her songwriting talent, her lesser-known role as an industry trailblazer is as laudable as it is fascinating. Starting with the sudden and disconcerting fame of her band 'Til Tuesday and spanning eight solo albums, the arc of her career has largely reflected, and in some ways shaped, the music business itself. Much of that career was defined by her struggle and just plain bad luck with record labels that couldn't see past Mann's model looks and the dollar signs in their eyes that she was not the artist they were molding her to be. In her struggle to stay true to herself as an artist, Mann chafed under contracts and finally started her own label in order to put out her... Written by Sam Jones

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The artist in their own words
19 May 2018 | by conannzSee all my reviews

The format here is quite restrained. Being 40+ mins allows the subject some rambling time if they find a particularly interesting topic.

I started with the musicians and comedians episodes as I know more about them than the actors for the most part. Sam Jones has an easy questioning style although just occasionally I wish he'd probe a bit more.

The episodes look like they are filmed in one take and some of them might be especially with the bigger "names". It would be good to know if that is the case. I liked Aimee Mann sending herself up in that Portlandia episode and this is similar in tone.

Watching some of the other episodes now and particularly liked the Judd Apatow, Sarah Silverman, Jackson Browne and Matt Damon ones.


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3 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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